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Updated at 6 p.m. to add more links.
U.S. Judge Vaughn Walker has struck down Proposition 8, California’s 2008 ban on same-sex marriages, finding it unconstitutional. It’s the latest battle lost in the conservative Christian war on gay marriage — see my July 22 post for other recent examples.
The L.A. Times reports that this could lead to a federal precedent;.CNN reports that opponents of same-sex marriage — including members of the Church of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) — plan to appeal this all the way to the Supreme Court. It’s not yet clear whether California will resume same-sex marriage ceremonies in the meantime. For more on the legal specifics, check out Religion Clause’s analysis.
Here are some more links to faith-related coverage of this news. Share your thoughts — and any other interesting links that I should add — in the Comments section below.
- Prop 8 ruling drives strong religious reactions: Outrage to joy (USA Today)
- Mormon church ‘regrets’ Calif. gay marriage ruling (AP)
- California judge strikes down Prop. 8 citing ‘fundamental right to marry’ (Catholic News Agency)
- Prop. 8 judge rules: Unconstitutional (Episcopal Cafe)
- Our Take: The surprising religious divides on Proposition 8 (CNN)
- Richard Land calls Prop 8 ruling ‘grievously serious crisis’ (Southern Baptist Convention)
- Cardinal George Decries Court Decision Striking Down California Marriage Law (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)
Check back for updates.